I decided to just go for it. I am 48 and tired. I think God is on the move to make this appeal now before discouragement sets in.
Let me know what you think.
Reverends Cavin and Pope,
I have appreciated Bob’s kindness in spending time with me as I got introduced to Dallas and Mesquite five years ago. I think I can help the process of evangelism and discipleship among Christians in the area. This belief is due to a journey I believe God has facilitated beginning 15 years ago with my seminary experience at Regent College in Vancouver.
This journey culminated with the opportunity to interview leaders like Tim LaHaye and the son-in-law of Francis Schaeffer, Udo Middelmann.
I know you are likely extremely busy men but also concerned for the moral direction of young people in your church and the area. From my days as student president of Yale Campus Crusade, I was introduced to the controversy over the teaching of evolution and evangelicals’ responses to it. I was also directly made aware of the Great Commission.
This year at Eastfield I have been given the opportunity to teach about the contact of the scientific and religious communities in American life. I also have been in regular contact with Eastfield professors.
The journey I took also put me into contact with atheists who had led the opposition to the introduction of intelligent design theory in the public schools.
I would like to meet you with a time convenient for your schedule to talk about the national controversy and its impact upon relationships among pastors, professors and students in the Mesquite neighborhood. It was the relationships I began to think of when I felt caught between my biology professor and Campus Crusade staff in terms of how to look at the science-religion relationship.
This relational issue is my chief reason for going to graduate school, as I see students caught repeatedly in a national situation not of their making.
As the Great Commission guides our choices as believers, so does the Great Commandment, as I know you hold.
I am asking for a 45-minute conversation to talk about inviting you and other local pastors to a private meeting to talk about the national story and its impact on Dallas neighborhoods and college spaces such as in Mesquite.
I believe we can help each other understand what God is saying to influencers of young people such as us. My goal is not to convert you to my position on science, though if you wish I would be happy to share that with you. My goal is to have a conversation about the relational issues that have arisen as communities have come into contact.
Please let me know if you can meet during your office hours just to talk about the situation students and their parents face. Then later, if you wish to participate, I invite you to a meeting in Mesquite.
Thank you for the consideration,
Josh Abraham, PhD in the history of science from the University of Florida
Adjunct professor of American history at Eastfield College